Two Canadian citizens who have been detained by Beijing for greater than 1,000 days have left Chinese airspace and can arrive again in Canada early on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau advised reporters on Friday.
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been picked up in December 2018, shortly after Vancouver police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (HWT.UL) Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. Shortly earlier than Trudeau spoke, Canadian media reported that Meng flew again to China after reaching a cope with US authorities.
“Twelve minutes ago Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor left Chinese airspace on their way back home,” Trudeau advised reporters in short remarks.
“These two men have been through an unbelievably difficult situation, but it is inspiring and it is good news for all of us that they are on their way home to their families.”
Although Beijing insisted all through that the two instances weren’t linked, Trudeau’s Liberal authorities accused China of participating in hostage diplomacy. Trudeau was not requested whether or not the two nations had struck a bilateral deal.
“I want to thank our allies and partners around the world in the international community who have stood steadfast in solidarity with Canada and with these two Canadians,” he mentioned.